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Dutch outcry over naming giant ship after Nazi

Posted: 11/07/2008 - It ought to be a proud milestone in the Dutch seafaring heritage - the construction of a new ship its owner claims will be the world's largest. But there's one problem: its name.

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Munich Re 3Q profit plummets, 2008 target dropped

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Reinsurer Munich Re AG said Friday that it barely eked out a profit in the third quarter as its investments were hurt by falling stock markets, forcing the company to abandon its full-year earnings forecast for the second time this year.

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Corus cuts production as demand falls

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Steel maker Corus said Friday that it will cut production of crude steel by 30 per cent in the next six months as a response to falling demand.

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Porsche's profit soars on VW stake

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Luxury car maker Porsche SE said Friday its profits soared by 52 percent in its latest fiscal year - driven higher by gains in its stake in Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest automaker.

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Obama says hard work needed on economic crisis

Posted: 11/07/2008 - President-elect Obama says the hardships many Americans are suffering economically are an "urgent reminder" that the nation's leaders must act swiftly to stabilize the financial industry.

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Kansas Farm Bureau Holds Statewide Conference

Posted: 11/07/2008 - About a thousand farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan this week for the Kansas Farm Bureau's statewide conference.

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African leaders slam Congo peacekeepers

Posted: 11/07/2008 - African leaders criticized the world's largest United Nations peacekeeping force Friday for failing to protect civilians and end the violence that is convulsing eastern Congo and threatening to spread.

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Utah faces boycott after Mormon work for Prop 8

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage.

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NKorea: Ready to deal with Obama administration

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Barack Obama's election heralds a new era for the two Koreas, a pro-North Korean newspaper said Friday as analysts began gauging how the Obama administration will affect the divided peninsula.

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Ohio school cleared over show & tell grenade

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Officials say they evacuated an Akron, Ohio, elementary school when a kindergartner brought what looked like a hand grenade for show and tell.

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Liberal activists have long legislative wish list

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Gays serving openly in the military. Voting rights for more ex-convicts. Paid sick days and family leave for most American workers. Those are part of a long wish list that liberal advocacy groups hope will become reality as Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats take full control in Washington. Activists concede that political pragmatism — and the economic crisis — may force them to be patient, but they also don't want to let this opportunity pass without pressing hard for their agenda.

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Greenspan: US GDP to decline significantly

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday there is no doubt the world economy is in a very severe recession and that U.S. gross domestic product will decline significantly in the last three months of the year.

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NY police: Teen driver on drugs runs down joggers

Posted: 11/07/2008 - A teenager on drugs and driving a sport utility vehicle slammed into two runners out for an evening jog, killing one of them — a beloved schoolteacher — and seriously injuring her friend, police said Friday.

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Jury finds Atlanta courthouse gunman guilty

Posted: 11/07/2008 - A man who escaped from custody during his rape trial and launched a deadly courthouse shooting spree that claimed the lives of a judge and three others was convicted of murder Friday more than three years after the rampage.

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Stocks rise after 2 days of heavy selling

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Buyers returned to Wall Street Friday after two days of heavy losses, mindful of the economy's growing problems but attracted by stocks' lower prices. Analysts said the advance was to be expected as Wall Street experiences a rocky recovery from October's devastating selling.

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Director goes on leave amid probe of Ohio plumber

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Ohio's governor placed on leave Friday an agency director who was questioned over why state computers were used to find personal information on a man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.

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Christian fraternities offer different path

Posted: 11/07/2008 - It's 11 a.m. Saturday, and whiskey is flowing at the big houses on fraternity row at the University of Alabama. Guys in ties and baseball caps are laughing and dancing with sorority girls in bright dresses as a band blares away just around the corner.

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